In brief

25 August 2017

Telecoms

- Angolan mobile operator Unitel has activated its services in the commune of Ombala-yo-Mungu, located in the municipality of Ombadja, about 100 kilometers from Ondjiva, Cunene, reports Jornal de Angola. According to Unitel's Julio Goncalves, a 30m antenna was installed on the site, covering a radius of 7 km, and will serve more than 4,000 users. Goncelves also announced that Unitel will install a 70m antenna in November to cover several localities with much faster services.

- Zimbabwean operator NetOne has signed a partnership with BancEasy and First Mutual Life (FML) to provide finance to buy new smartphones and micro-mobile insurance respectively. BancEasy is a unit of BancABC and will provide credit to subscribers to buy smartphones and then repay after twelve months. The product is called OneTech and is financed to the tune of USD 10 million. Customers who sign up for OneTech will get a year's supply of OneFusion, NetOne’s integrated prepaid package. Under OneCover, First Mutual Life will provide funeral cover to subscribers.